Edwards Wins Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage

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Carl Edwards has won the 30th Annual Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage here at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was a rocky road to the backflip tonight, but in the end it was a restart from hell from Kyle Busch that allowed Edwards the win.
Bypassing the first 180 laps of tonight’s 200 lap event, it all boiled down to 3 drivers when the checkered flag flew over the hood of the No. 60 Fastenal Ford.
Paul Menard won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier today in NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying, but led only the first 26laps of tonight’s event when points leader, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. threw his hat in the mix as possible contenders for the win.
A late race caution was not the issue for then-leader Brad Keselowski, it was slowing down off of Turn number four here at Charlotte Motor Speedway that took Keselowski out of contention for the win tonight. The spin under caution put Kyle Busch to the lead with around 20 laps left, but the incident would not mark the end of the fireworks in the last 30 miles of tonight’s race.
Fast-forwarding again to the final restart, with just 4 laps left, Kyle Busch chose the outside line as his preferred line of restart. The restart dragged all the way within 30 feet of the pink Start/Finish Line before the throttles were hammered. Busch squandered heading into turn number one, and the fight was on for the win with Stenhouse Jr., Edwards, and Rowdy Busch all in the hunt for the point.
It was Edwards that flexed his muscles by the time the field may their way back to my vantage point off the end of Pit Road here at Charlotte, and it was a 6 car-length lead that Edwards would take with 3 miles left to run. Kyle Busch made his best efforts to reel in the battered No. 60 Fastenal Ford Ford Mustang (the car was seriously trashed, Jack Roush said he would actually kiss the car later tonight for staying together) but would only manage to sneak a peek under Edwards in the final turn.
Kyle Busch blamed the Toyota horsepower for the squandered attempt to take the win, but it was the Fastenal parts of Carl Edward’s No. 60 Ford Fusion that held up after he put a “Charlotte Stripe” on his torn racecar.
Edward’s victory is his 37th in 241 NASCAR Nationwide Series Starts, and his 8th this season. Trevor Bayne finished third as the highest finishing Nationwide Series points contender.
In the points, Elliott Sadler trimmed Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s lead to just 15 as the Nationwide Series takes a two week break from on-track action.
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FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 5 60 Ford Fastenal 0 200 Running
2 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 0 200 Running
3 11 16 Trevor Bayne Ford Fastenal 41/0 200 Running
4 12 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain Financial 41/1 200 Running
5 8 11 Brian Scott Toyota Doosan 39/0 200 Running
6 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 0 200 Running
7 10 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 37/0 200 Running
8 1 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet Rheem / Menards 0 200 Running
9 2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Blackwell Angus Beef / Cargill 36/1 200 Running
10 9 32 Brian Vickers Chevrolet Dollar General 0 200 Running
11 17 30 Jason Leffler Chevrolet AccuDoc Solutions 33/0 200 Running
12 7 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Alliance Truck Parts 32/0 200 Running
13 19 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 31/0 200 Running
14 13 7 Josh Wise Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com / The Navy SEAL Foundation 30/0 200 Running
15 14 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet AdvoCare 29/0 200 Running
16 20 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota Thank You Fans 28/0 200 Running
17 22 62 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Flying J 27/0 200 Running
18 27 81 Blake Koch * Chevrolet Daystar.com 26/0 200 Running
19 4 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 0 200 Running
20 23 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Spirit Halloween 24/0 199 Running
21 32 15 Timmy Hill * Ford Poynt 24/1 199 Running
22 36 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet I Hate Steven Singer 22/0 199 Running
23 31 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Liberty Tire Recycling / Pinnacle Rubber Mulch 0 198 Running
24 41 28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Maxelence 20/0 198 Running
25 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus / Happy 70th Birthday Morgan 19/0 197 Running
26 33 39 Joey Gase Ford Go Green Racing 18/0 197 Running
27 37 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Creative Recycling / AutoECU.com 17/0 193 Running
28 18 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 0 181 Accident
29 24 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Clements Racing Engines 15/0 171 Running
30 35 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 14/0 166 Running
31 34 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds 13/0 157 Running
32 15 182 Reed Sorenson Dodge Think Pink Zeta Tau Alpha / Crusader Staffing 12/0 144 Running
33 38 40 Charles Lewandoski * Chevrolet Precisionwerx 11/0 133 Engine
34 16 99 Ryan Truex * Toyota Pastrana Waltrip Racing 0 126 Accident
35 42 70 Angela Cope Chevrolet MillenniumSpaSalon.com / blkbeverages.com 9/0 125 Vibration
36 40 87 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze 8/0 76 Engine
37 28 97 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 7/0 25 Engine
38 25 104 Tim Andrews Ford BBI Waste Industries / Go Green Racing 6/0 22 Vibration
39 26 103 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 5/0 18 Brakes
40 30 141 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 4/0 12 Overheating
41 21 147 Scott Speed Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 3/0 6 Vibration
42 29 142 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 0 4 Brakes
43 43 44 Jeff Green Chevrolet Spirit Halloween 1/0 3 Vibration

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